Dunfermline Advocacy

Charity registered in Scotland SC021638

We create citizen Advocacy Partnerships by matching responsible local citizens with people who are vulnerable in some way. We aim for these partnerships to be long-term, but also we provide crisis advocates in cases of urgent need. Through our work we aim to help build a fairer community. Where people with a learning disability, physical disability or mental health issue are able to speak out and have their voice heard.


Current opportunities

The Friendship Changing Lives Project supports vulnerable adults of all ages (who could have learning/physical disabilities, mental health issues etc) within local communities across West Fife who are affected by loneliness and isolation by building meaningful, long-term relationships and giving people a voice. Due to Covid-19, much of this continues to be remote, via phone, email and video calling but some face-to-face meetings are possible, in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Each volunteer is matched with one vulnerable adult based on shared interests, personality, location, etc. to promote a long-lasting partnership and friendship. They are looking for volunteers with diverse interests, verything from gardening, sports and arts and crafts to gaming, eating out and getting out into the community. Although supported by Dunfermline Advocasy, volunteers and their partners can choose the activities they do together, as well as the times and days that this takes place, to suit their lifestyles. Citizen Advocates come from all walks of life and have a shared commitment to help vulnerable adults. Citizen Advocates provide invaluable support and friendship through listening, helping someone to know what choices they have and more. They provide initial & ongoing support & training.

Dunfermline Advocacy was established in 1992 and matches local volunteers with people in West Fife who are vulnerable, isolated and at risk of being excluded from their communities. It provides support, understanding and friendship and ensures that voices are heard and rights protected. It's all about local people who care, supporting local people who need us - friendship changing lives They are currently looking to recruit suitably interested and motivated individuals to join our Board of Trustees. Get in touch ASAP and by 31 May. The role of trustee is voluntary but offers an opportunity to support the great work of Dunfermline Advocacy and provide strategic guidance, governance and leadership to the Chief Executive and staff team. First and foremost they are looking for people who have a real desire to help others and to make a difference to the lives of those most vulnerable in West Fife. However, additional business, IT and fund raising skills would be an advantage too as well as 'get involved' attitude to ensure that the Board can provide strong support to the staff team. Be willing to attend around 6-8 meetings per year including quarterly Board meetings, business action groups and charity events.

The Community Project supports vulnerable adults (who may have learning/physical disability or mental health issues) within local communities across West Fife, aiming to build meaningful long-term relationships & give vulnerable people a voice. Due to Covid-19, much of this is currently via phone, email, and video calling, but some in person meetings are possible, in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Each volunteer is matched with one vulnerable adult, based on interests, personality, location, etc. to promote a long-lasting partnership. Although supported by us, volunteers and their partners choose the activities they do together, as well as the times and days that this takes place, to suit their lifestyles. Citizen Advocacy is both challenging & rewarding - volunteer advocates come from all walks of life and have a shared commitment to help vulnerable adults, providing invaluable support and friendship through - Listening Offering support to tell other people what they want Helping someone to know what choices they have Enjoying social time together They provide initial & ongoing support & training.